Week Two of the high school football season is a little early to call any game a crucial matchup, but certainly Williamsville North took a good-sized step forward in Class AA North on Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans knocked off Kenmore West, 22-12, to move to 2-0 on the season. Jamir Lynch ran for 101 yards for the Blue Devils – 64 of them on one carry – and scored both of their touchdowns.
In another AA North contest, the Clarence defense turned in a dynamic performance in helping the Red Devils move to 2-0. The unit forced six turnovers. Jake Reger scored two touchdowns on the ground, and Jack Shaver returned an interception 70 yards for a score.
Niagara Falls defeated Lockport, 26-14, to move to 2-0 on the young season.
Elsewhere, Canisius – the No. 1 team in The Buffalo News’ Large School Poll – did nothing to hurt its position. The Crusaders downed Cardinal O’Hara, 42-6. Cole Burniston ran for one touchdown and added another by returning a fumble 74 yards. Blake Haubeil averaged 57.5 yards per punt and was six for six in point-after attempts.
Class A North
Starpoint 53, Kenmore East 8: The Spartans’ running attack piled up 423 yards on 39 carries. Tajay Ahmed had three rushes for 152 yards and two touchdowns, including an 86-yarder. Starpoint (2-0) scored 34 points in the first quarter alone.
Class A South
Bennett 26, McKinley 22: The Tigers had to score 12 points in the final quarter to defeat a pesky McKinley team. Derek Bishop ran for two scores in the final eight minutes and Bennett ran for 391 yards. Marcelus Toliver had 202 yards with a touchdown. Isaiah McDuffie – The News’ Prep Talk Player of the Week last week – added 102 of those yards, and he also had nine tackles. “It reminded me of those old-time, smash-’em-up Harvard Cup games,” Bennett coach Steve McDuffie said.
Class B West
Burgard 30, Newfane 6: It was a case of too much Dominic Prince for the Panthers. After the teams exchanged touchdowns in the first quarter, Prince ran for four straight touchdowns. He finished with 148 yards on 11 carries. On defense, Markuez Benefield led Burgard with 13 tackles, while teammate Angel Carsen had 10 tackles with a sack.
Class C North
Cleveland Hill 48, Wilson 0: Matt Eldridge set the tone at the start for the Golden Eagles. He returned two fumbles for touchdowns – one 77 yards, the other 37 yards. Senior defensive end Ammari Wooten added 11 tackles, including three sacks. Aaron Wahler had 118 yards on 10 carries and scored three touchdowns for Cleveland Hill.
JFK 36, Akron 6: Quarterback James Bailey went 10 for 13 for 127 yards and two scores through the air for the Bears. He also ran six times for 86 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Brandon Kohl had five catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
Class C South
Chautauqua Lake at Gowanda/Pine Valley: Due to weather conditions, the game was stopped with four minutes to go in the second period and Gowanda/Pine Valley leading by 21-0. The contest will be resumed at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Silver Creek/Forestville 27, Clymer/Sherman/Panama 0: Quarterback Noah Radack threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns for the Black Knights, who moved to 2-0.
Monsignor Farrell (NYC) 41, St. Joe’s 0: The Marauders couldn’t stop their opponents from Staten Island in a game played at St. Joe’s. They were outgained, 300 to 110, and QB Casey Kelly was sacked eight times.
Barker/Roy-Hart 14, Batavia Notre Dame-V 12: The Raiders scored with 4:40 left to take the victory. Aaron Curry ran 36 yards to move the ball to the ND 5, and two plays later, Malik Smith scored the game-winner. Curry scored a touchdown earlier in the game. Senior quarterback Ed Wasnock ran 11 times for 72 yards and also threw for 32 yards.